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ROMAN BLACK(Marketing Director) is a Florida native and has been in the design industry for over ten years. Upon finishing college at the University of Florida in 2001, he visited the Tampa Bay-area and instantly fell in love with the water. He has resided in St. Petersburg for almost two years now and loves every minute of it. He is very excited to join the American Stage Theatre Company team and is looking forward to experiencing every aspect of the theatre industry. He is also an active artist in the area and shows his work throughout the year. His sites are theromangallery.com and formfitdesign.com.
TOM BLOCK (Company Manager) started with American Stage almost 30 years ago as the box office manager. He soon moved on to several positions on the production side of the theater, from stage manager to production manager. Over the years, as necessity has dictated, Tom has worn, and continues to wear, a variety of other hats including house manager, touring company manager, volunteer coordinator, facilities manager, and purchasing agent, all which led to his current title of company manager. Tom negotiates all Union and publishing contracts, coordinates and runs the American Stage in the Park event, and develops and runs a number of American Stage annual fundraising trips to New York City, the Shaw Festival in Canada, and various U.S. and European cities. Tom is also the liaison between American Stage and St. Petersburg College and he serves on the college’s MIRA (Music Industry Recording Arts) Advisory Committee.
KATIE CASTONGUAY (Education Assistant) is an Eckerd College graduate with a BA in theatre arts. She has performed in three of American Stage's past school tour productions including Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Charlotte's Web, and The Wind in the Willows. She has been a teaching artist at American Stage since 2007. Recent acting credits include William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew at Jobsite Theatreand Eckerd Theatre Company's touring production of I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Katie also recently completed shooting a short film entitled The Bedford Devil.
SHANNON C. GARMAN (Development Associate) is originally from Denver. In early 2000 she and her daughter Ambria decided to trade in their snow boots for flip flops, and both are now proud to call St. Petersburg HOME. Shannon has many years experience with non-profit organizations and is thrilled to be working with the amazing staff and crew at American Stage.
TODD OLSON+*(Director/Producing Artistic Director) is beginning his tenth season here at American Stage Theatre Company, and was recently named “Best Artistic Director” in the 2011 Creative Loafing “Best of the Bay” Awards. Todd has directed over 120 plays, musicals, and operas, including My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, (which he co-created) at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. For American Stage, Todd has directed several plays which have been recognized by Creative Loafing as “Best of the Bay” Awards for “Top-10 Productions of the Year” and “Best Director,” including Stones in His Pockets, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Much Ado About Nothing, Anna in the Tropics, and The Seafarer. Other American Stage credits include Suddenly Last Summer, Crowns, Three Days of Rain, The Exonerated (with Sandy Duncan and Antonio Tarver), I Am My Own Wife, Dennis Lehane’s Coronado, The Pirates of Penzance, Pinter’s Betrayal, Dinner with Friends, This Wonderful Life, The Mystery or Irma Vep, The Santaland Diaries, The Very Merry Unauthorized Scientology Children’s Pageant, August: Osage County, and 2.5 Minute Ride. His recent Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won a Jeff Norton Award for “Best Direction”. Original works include Lysistrata, I Left My Heart, Casa Blue, the last moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, and Joe Corso Re-Enters from the Wings, which just won the 2012 Holland New Voices Playwright Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Recent guest directing credits include Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Johnny Schicchi, and Madama Butterfly (St. Petersburg Opera), The Mystery of Irma Vep and An Ideal Husband (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), and his own adaptation of Dracula (Arkansas Shakespeare Festival). Every year since 2003 American Stage was voted “Best Theatre Company” in the Tampa Bay-area by both Tampa Bay Magazine and The Weekly Planet. Todd received his M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina, and is a graduate from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard where he took classes with David Mamet, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Robert Scanlan, Robert Woodruff, Anna Deveare Smith, and Robert Brustein, among others. Todd was a teaching fellow at Harvard, and has taught classes at Vanderbilt, Boston University, University of North Carolina, and is currently adjunct faculty at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. Todd lives in Seminole with his remarkable wife Charlotte, and three children, Jonas, Corinna, and May.
JENNY PEACOCK (Box Office Assistant) is honored to be part of the incredible talent that is American Stage. She joined the staff just prior to Hair last season and hasn’t been the same since. Due to her multiple personalities, she is a great multi-tasker and looks forward to the continued success of this amazing group. St. Pete is now home again with her beautiful daughter Kelsey and goofy cat Monte. Thanks to all for this great opportunity!
STEPHANIE SNYDER (Development Director) is a Pennsylvania native and has lived in Florida since 1999. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from Syracuse University, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to start her career. Since then her professional pursuits in marketing, sales management, and business development have taken her from Ohio to England and parts beyond. St. Petersburg, Florida is where Stephanie truly unpacked her suitcase, as she fell in love with the Tampa Bay area and moved here in 2003. Joining the American Stage Theatre Company team is quite an honor for Stephanie; she is passionate about championing the live arts while celebrating our beautiful community.
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TIMON BROWN(Technical Director) is pleased to be working at American Stage. He returned to American Stage three years ago after a two-year hiatus, during which he served as the technical director at the Canterbury School of Florida. Previously to that, Timon served as ATD and master carpenter at American Stage. He wants to thank his wonderful wife, Maresi, for all her love and support. They are proud parents of their two hysterically funny children: Henry and Maria.
ROBERT CREEDON(Asst. Technical Director/Master Carpenter) is pleased to be a part of the production staff here at American Stage. Robert worked here in Florida as a sailboat technician for SR Max, and is pleased to have been apart of the team that constructed the “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” a 27ft production sailboat. Robert is also proud to have been an IBM Sales Associate for Direct Alliance in Tempe, AZ.
JERID FOX(Properties Master) has been immersed in the entertainment world for over ten years. After attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he studied Film Production with an emphasis in Art Direction, he put his knack for imitation and improv to use at Disneyland Resort’s Entertainment Department. He then picked up and moved to Florida where he has worked as a theatrical properties master and set dresser for a popular Tampa theater, was the assistant director and art director of a feature film, and co-produced a children’s television pilot in which he puppeteered, voiced, and oversaw the design of many characters in the cast. Jerid also enjoys writing, and being a creative consultant for other authors and storytellers.
KARLA HARTLEY*(Production Coordinator, Production Stage Manager) holds a B.F.A. in Theater Studies from Boston University and is the associate artistic director of Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. She is the resident stage manager for GALA Choruses’ International Gay and Lesbian Choral Festival. She has stage managed extensively in the Tampa Bay-area as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Karla was also production manager for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange national tour of Ferocious Beauty. Karla is pleased to be working for American Stage. Much love and thanks to her daughter and Sydney Rose.
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